CEI Today: Obama's lame duck regulations, Big Labor's victory, Congress & budget cuts, and tech regulation in 2013


CNSNews.com: 6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days--Average 68 per Day


A number of groups, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, expect a rush of new regulations now that President Obama has won a second term:

CEI expects the EPA to move ahead on delayed rules on everything from greenhouse gas emissions to ozone standards.  “Rules from the health care bill and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill will also likely make themselves known in the weeks to come," the group
said on its website. > Read the full article on CNSNews.com


> Interview Ryan Young

> See also,

The Election Is Over: What Now For Regulation?

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation



Openmarket.org: Big Labor Victory Exaggerated, Fight Continues


After the 2012 election, labor unions celebrated what was seen as an overall victorious election season for their organizations. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka bragged that labor’s political organization provided the support necessary for Barack Obama to win re-election.

“We did deliver those states,” said Trumka during a recent press conference, referring to Nevada, Wisconsin, and Ohio. “I think without the efforts of organized labor, those three states would have been different — none of those three would have been in the president’s column.”

He may be right. Big Labor’s political outreach was also successful in securing union favored ballot initiatives in several states.

  >View the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Russ Pohl

22 Join Letter to Tell Congress: Respect the Sequester's Goals

Dear Member of Congress:

We the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans dedicated to fiscal responsibility, urge you stand firm and hold the line on the budget sequester set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011. With the federal government facing yet another year of projected deficit spending exceeding $1 trillion, Congress must keep in place the $109 billion in sequestration spending restraint scheduled for 2013. Delaying this action will only make it harder to get our fiscal house in order, in the process weakening our economy, saddling future generations with debt, and further undermining Congress’s credibility to lead. > Read the full letter on NTU.org

> Interview CEI's Wayne Crews



November 13 Event

Join us Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. for the first in a series of three roundtables exploring "Tech Policy in 2013." Is technological change rendering obsolete traditional silos of regulation within and between regulatory agencies? How might Congress change the institutions and regulatory paradigms governing the Internet? Where can a divided Congress forge compromise in tech policy? Each roundtable will explore these questions from a particular starting point reflecting the expertise of the panelists.

Tuesday's roundtable, co-hosted by TechFreedom and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp with coffee and mingling starting at 10 a.m. TechFreedom President Berin Szoka will moderate a panel including:

  • Fred Campbell, CEI's Communications Liberty and Innovation Project
  • Ray Gifford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
  • Danny Weitzner, Decentralized Information Group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
> View event details at TechFreedom.org

> Interview a tech policy expert





The Competitive Enterprise Institute is proud to announce a new ambitious film project: an animated adaptation of I, Pencil by Leonard Read.

> View the I, Pencil trailer


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